Booklovers on IG: @BookSundays

Bookstagram, my fave thing on the internet right now. And because of that, I would like to start a new series of blogposts where I put a different bookstagrammer in the spotlight every time. Today’s post is all about Imogen from @BookSundays. One of my favourite accounts that I literally visit at least once a day. Her pictures are absolutely perfect. She herself describes her style as a warm light, soft blanket, hot chocolate and rain – the patter of rain on the window ledge. I would go as far as calling her the queen of autumn. I don’t know how she does it, bus she manages to capture what autumn is all about in every single picture. And I love it! But why did she start bookstagram in the first place?

“I came for work, I stayed for the people”

Why did you start a Bookstagram?

I think it comes down to one thing – my job. Bizarre I know, but bear with me. I had started a role within a marketing agency, that worked almost exclusively with book publishers. I took it upon myself to read every book that I worked on, and so within 2 months of starting the job, I was being sent new YA releases daily. It reignited my love of reading and introduced me to a genre that I had otherwise been oblivious to. And from there, as I was working with bookstagrammers daily for campaigns, it was a really obvious transition to start posting about all of the books I was reading. I had no idea the community would be so phenomenal, however, and I can honestly say it is one of the best decisions I’ve made. I came for work, I stayed for the people.

What do you like most about bookstagram?

It’s the community. I love that bookstagram is so supportive and inclusive, compared to other online groups. For example, the day I mentioned I was shadowbanned, there must have been 40 different accounts that took it upon themselves to share my feed on theirs to help me. It was incredible.

What is the most odd thing you have ever done for Bookstagram?

Ooh i love this question. Probably a cross between getting naked in Richmond Park to change dresses. Or turning my living room into a bedroom every Saturday morning to take photos.

What is your favourite picture that you ever took?

To be honest my favourite photos aren’t bookstagram photos, but if I had to pick one from bookstagram it would be n+1. Also known as the next photo I’m going to take. I’m a perfectionist, so always changing, always working on things and generally never satisfied.

“It’s a creative process and you can’t rush that”

Ultimate tip for bookstagrammers who are just starting out?

Practice. I can’t say this enough. I receive a lot of messages from new accounts asking for advice or asking why their photos don’t look perfect. Its just a case of practice. If you scroll back down my feed to when I started, or even 6 months ago, you just won’t recognise it. It’s a creative process and you can’t rush that. Try looking at photographs and copying them exactly, don’t post them, but use this to help you understand how to work with light and props. Soon enough you will be inspired with your own setups.

What is your goal for the next 6 months?

I think it would be to keep feeling creative with my theme. I changed the theme last week so that I could do more of what I love. And it has me so excited, I just want to keep building on that vitality.

Which other instagrammers would you recommend we follow?

If you are not following Imogen already, what are you waiting for? Also, do let me know which bookstagrammer I should put in the spotlight next!

1 Comment

  1. Avatar January 14, 2019 / 04:49

    It’s always interesting to find out how people join the boostagram community. I’m in English major at uni and one of my minors is publishing. The publishing industry is so interesting from the way the book it’s made all the way to it’s release and it;s life after it’s in the hands of another. Naturally with all the reading I have to do for uni and for my my own leisure, I come across books that I absolutely adore. It was only a few years ago that I found out Instagram and tumblr had a community of book lovers. I began as a studygram but books became my main focus. I’ve found bookstagram, and any platform with book lovers, to be a very welcoming community. It does takes practice to have beautiful photos like yours. I’m still learning about aethetics and how I like my photos. Lovely post! I can see how much hard work is put into your blog and IG. x

    Darianne |

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